God’s Living Word Empowered Prayer 10-31-21
The word of God is a living word filling the air with fire, the word of God is a powerful word giving understanding to the seeker, giving direction to the disciple and boldness to those who follow Jesus. The word of God has been victorious over those who tried to destroy it, hide it and keep it away from people in other languages. Today is reformation Sunday and I will be sure to wear red to celebrate the work of Martin Luther and other reformers. I will sing the reformation songs and listen to the story of Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses on the church door. I will return home and drop my bible on the table near many other bibles as I fix myself some coffee with little thought of the gracious gift of having a bible in my language, being allowed to read or even own a bible.
God, thank you for your sacred and living word and easy access I have to read a printed bible. I am sorry for the times, the many times that I squander the gifts of your word or the time you give to study and know scripture. Holy Spirit, move my heart to seek your words and hunger to know you more. Amen
How sweet is your word is to my taste – sweeter than honey in my mouth. Psalm 119:103 (CSB)
Empowered Prayer - Be strong and finish the task 10-24-21
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church has been in a time of stillness, a silence that almost whispers death, though I
have learned that what seems like death is often the seeds of new life...waiting, and the sweet breath of
God’s Spirit hovering over the frozen earth is a reminder of God’s passionate love for his people. We are
coming out of a time of waiting for the power of God to fill each of us anew with the passion and zeal of
the 1st century church to spread the gospel.
Gracious Father, King of Heaven’s Army, have mercy on us, forgive us in our weakness, and
strengthen us when we faint. Give us strength to respond to your call with boldness and eagerness and by your grace help us move forward into the path set before us by God before the world began.
Give us grace to hear your words: though I cannot comprehend such love, I know you love me;
though the task set before us seems impossible, I know nothing is impossible for you; and though my vision is limited to people I can see or read about, by your grace I trust that your word will go throughout this world by the testimonies of your people. Amen
“All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people, but is it impossible for me?
Says the LORD of heaven’s armies.”
“This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says, Be strong and finish the task....” (Zechariah 8:6,9 NET)
Empowered Prayer 10-18-21
Prayer is the life breath for the Christian and the Bible is his/her prayer book. This short list begins with prayer of Stephen, from the readings used in the worship service today.
Acts 7:59-60 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Psalm 25:4-7 Teach me your ways, O Lord; make them known to me. Teach me to live according to your truth, for you are my God, who saves me. I always trust in you. Remember, O Lord, your kindness and constant love which you have shown from long ago. Forgive the sins and errors of my youth. In your constant love and goodness, remember me, Lord!
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Psalm 86:11 Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
Psalm 119:28 Ephesians 3:14-16 For this reason, I bow my knees and pray to the Father. It is from Him that every family in heaven and on earth has its name. I pray that because of the riches of His shining-greatness, He will make you strong with power in your hearts through the Holy Spirit.
Ann Fitzgerald says "Jerusalem is behind me overlooking the gate that Jesus would have entered riding on the donkey."
Posted: Palm/Passion Sunday 4-5-20